This Year’s Artist Surfboard Tree for The Royal Poinciana Plaza

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This is the fourth year that Palm Beach’s The Royal at Poinciana Plaza has commissioned an artist to design the annual Surfboard Christmas Tree in their own style.

Artist Surfboard Tree for The Royal Poinciana

The hotel’s Surfboard Christmas Tree was first introduced in 2017 by the hotel itself and then, each year after a different artist has been commissioned to design the tree in their own style. See the previous years’ artist trees here.

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This year Johnson Hartig, designer for LIBERTINE, a brand whose embellished fashions I would just about kill for, was the guest artist. For 2021 he decorated the 30′ tall tree with surfboards embellished with his whimsical collages and combinations of graphic design, photography and typography as seen in his fashions and products.

Artist Johnson Hartig with his Surfboard Tree
Artist Johnson Hartig with his Surfboard Tree
models posed in LIBERTINE fashions at the tree's reveal.
models posed in LIBERTINE fashions at the tree’s reveal.

Thanks to both Jonathan Hartig and the Royal Poinciana we have some terrific photos of this year’s reveal of the annual Holiday Surfboard Tree.

As the founding force behind Libertine, Johnson Hartig ups the ante in fashion by creatively immersing himself and those around him in a whimsical trip where old school classics meet new school know-how.

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Johnson takes a selfie with friend Kim Charlton in front of his tree.

Having first launched the label in 2001, today he continues upon his quest of single-handedly revolutionizing the ready-to-wear market for men and women. Hartig paved the way for the current embellishment movement with signature graphic illuminations, sublime screen printing and crystal/embroidery follies.

The artist and friend Kim Charlton meet with Santa
The artist and friend Kim Charlton meet with Santa at the tree reveal

Equipped with inspirations that ricochet between art, fashion, history, design, travel, culture, and florescence microscopy cell research. Libertine has cultivated collaborations with Damien Hirst, Goyard, Converse and Target – a classic example of rewriting the rules via Libertine’s mindset.

Championed by the likes of Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Future, Mick Jagger and Cher, Libertine is internationally recognized as a brand with a devout cult following extending from east coast socialites to west coast creatives and back again. In essence, the longevity of Libertine’s apparel spanning over 15 years in the spotlight is a testament to the talent of Johnson Hartig.

Today he lives and works in Los Angeles with his rescue dog Terence and regularly travels the globe in search of new experiences and adventures.

Previous artist trees include those by Gray Malin and Ashley Longshore.

See the previous artist surfboard trees here

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The Royal Poinciana Plaza

all photos courtesy of artist Johnson Hartig and photos by @capehartphoto for The Royal Poinciana Plaza.